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San Antonio wins series 4-2 (Game 6 of 6)

San Antonio wins series 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
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Game 2: Monday, April 21st
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Game 3: Friday, April 25th
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Game 4: Sunday, April 27th
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Game 5: Tuesday, April 29th
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Game 6: Thursday, May 1st
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Suns 85

(44-38, 30-11 home)

    6:30 PM ET, May 1, 2003

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 25 16 23 2387
    PHX 21 22 18 2485

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 15 Pts, 20 Reb, 10 Ast, 4 Blk

    PHX: S. Marion 24 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Duncan has second career playoff triple-double

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Stephen Jackson and Manu Ginobili made the big shots, and Tim Duncan did about everything else to send the San Antonio Spurs into the second round of the NBA playoffs.

    Tim Duncan
    Duncan

    Jackson and Ginobili sank two 3-pointers apiece in a decisive 12-2 fourth-quarter run, and Duncan had his second career playoff triple-double as the Spurs pulled away to beat the pesky Phoenix Suns 87-85 Thursday night.

    "This team has been giving us trouble all year,'' Jackson said of the Suns. "We're definitely happy we're through with those guys.''

    Duncan shot just 4-of-12 for 15 points, but had 20 rebounds and 10 assists.

    "That's my job, to quarterback out there,'' Duncan said.

    The West's No. 1 seed won the series 4-2 and advanced to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round beginning Monday night. Los Angeles has eliminated San Antonio from the playoffs the past two seasons, winning eight of nine games, although the Spurs swept the four-game season series against the Lakers.

    Jackson, playing with a strained tendon in his lower right leg, added 19 points -- nine in the fourth quarter. He was 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

    "When your team needs you, you've got to come out and help them,'' Jackson said. "If that means playing hurt or playing beat up, you've got to do it, and that's what it takes to win.''

    Tony Parker added 17 points, and Ginobili scored 12 by going on 4-of-7 3-pointers.

    "I knew that with our double-teaming, that if they were able to hit their outside shots, we'd be doomed,'' Phoenix coach Frank Johnson said.

    Shawn Marion had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Phoenix, but his only points of the fourth quarter came on a 3-point bank shot with 4.4 seconds to play and another 3 as the game ended.

    Stephon Marbury, bothered by a nerve injury to his right shoulder, had 18 points but made just five of 19 shots as the Suns shot 36 percent. Marbury fouled out with 11 seconds to play.

    "It wasn't as strong as it normally is, but I was able to play,'' Marbury said of his shoulder. "They're a really good team. Whenever you try to trap Tim Duncan, you're going to give up open shots. They did what they were supposed to do as far as knocking them down tonight.''

    Amare Stoudemire, the NBA rookie of the year, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix. Reserve Joe Johnson scored 11.

    "The Suns were a great eighth seed,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "If they had made their shots down the stretch, we would probably be playing a seventh game.''

    Duncan, who played 45 minutes, had his first playoff triple-double last April 29 against Seattle. This was his fourth triple-double overall.

    "One thing you can always say about him is he's a quality person,'' the Suns' Scott Williams said. "He went out there and played a hard, clean ballgame. He's their all-everything.''

    Johnson's driving layup gave Phoenix its last lead, 71-69, with 6:10 to play. Then the 3-pointers began to fall for the Spurs.

    Jackson made one to put the Spurs up for good, 72-71 with 5:54 to go. Ginobili, wide-open, made two, then Jackson sank another and it was 81-74 with 3:44 to go.

    "Manu and Jack just kind of took over,'' Duncan said. "Those guys (the Suns) continued to double-team me in the post. We swung the ball around and those guys were great. They knew the ball was coming to them. They got ready, and they knocked them down.''

    Penny Hardaway, just 4-for-13 for the game, made a 3-pointer with 1:32 left to cut the lead to 83-79, but the Suns got no closer until Marion's final shot at the buzzer.

    Both teams had turnover problems. Phoenix committed 20, six in the fourth quarter, resulting in 20 points for San Antonio. The Spurs had 19, but only seven in the second half.

    The young Phoenix team, a surprise all season, beat San Antonio three of four times in the regular season and gave the Spurs trouble in the playoffs. But the Suns couldn't overcome San Antonio's tough defense. Phoenix shot less than 40 percent in all four of its losses.

    "We gave the Spurs a pretty good run, so I think we opened a lot of eyes,'' Stoudemire said. "Don't count us out. We'll be back next year.''

    The Suns seemed in good shape after Marion sank two 3-pointers and Marbury one in a 9-0 run to start the second half that put Phoenix up 52-41, its biggest lead of the series. Duncan and David Robinson each missed two free throws during the Suns' surge.

    Jackson's 3-pointer ignited an 11-0 run as San Antonio moved ahead 63-59 on Malik Rose's inside basket with 53.9 seconds left in the third. The Spurs led 64-61 entering the fourth.

    Game notes


    San Antonio's reserves outscored their Phoenix counterparts 168-83 in the series, 28-13 in this game. ... The Spurs made more free throws (139) than the Suns attempted (133) in the series. ... Duncan took one shot in the first quarter. His first basket, and second shot, resulted in a three-point play with 10:27 to go in the half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    PHX
    Points 87 85
    FGM-FGA 29-76 (.382) 32-88 (.364)
    3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 8-22 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 20-35 (.571) 13-16 (.813)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-47 19-51
    Assists 24 16
    Turnovers 19 20
    Steals 10 9
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 2 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 27 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Phoenix
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 15
    Reb: 20
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Shawn Marion Marion
    Points: 24
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1